Channel 2 Action News is reporting that DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer says she plans to resign her post.

On Monday, Aug. 25, the commissioner told a Channel 2 reporter, “It’s a very hard decision and I’m heartbroken and saddened, but I need to resign. I’ve betrayed the people and I’ve abused my position of power, and so I feel like I need to do this and publicly acknowledge that I’m ending my position today as of 5 p.m.”

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The resignation follows media reports earlier this year on Boyer’s use of her county purchasing card.  Boyer has repaid the county, Channel 2 reported on its website. Federal authorities apparently also have looked into spending by all county employees, reported.

DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May released a statement that appeared to confirm the resignation.

“Recent news stories notwithstanding, Elaine Boyer has faithfully served the constituents of District 1 and DeKalb County for over 20 years,” May said. “It is my sincere hope that her resignation will allow the healing process to begin and open the door for a new voice on the Board of Commissioners.  I wish her the best.”

Boyer represented north DeKalb County, including the city of Dunwoody and a portion of the city of Brookhaven. She was the sole Republican on the DeKalb County Commission.

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